September 11, 2012
Vol. 19, No. 1
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90 Years of Football

The Vincklers
What a feeling: defeating Northern after five decades of trying!

Larry Ras breaking one outside for a big gain, hurdling over defenders on the way. Jim VanWagner pounding it up the middle and refusing to be taken down. Dave Walter passing and running his way to the NFL. Joe Berger mowing down defensive linemen so the running back can escape. Todd Storm overtaking a quarterback in the backfield after shedding his block.

These are a many moments in the ninety years of gridiron history that are recalled fondly. Our football tradition is a strong one, and the memories of Engineers Field, Hubbell Field, and Sherman Field remain. (I'd love to hear you favorite football memories, link below.)

Along the way, we've placed numerous all-Americans and have an overall winning record: 340-331-17 (.507), while graduating student-athletes to succeed off the field.

And certain, recent memories stand out the strongest.

The Northern rivalry, off course, is the longest, fiercest, and most meaningful. We've played them off and on since that first year, 1920, and had a long drought for beating them. Then, in 2001, we finally broke through and won 33-28 at home, the first time since 1955. There were many moist eyeballs among the many alums who were at that game, and rightfully so.

In 2004, we ventured to Ann Arbor for the Bash at the Big House. There, we were holding our own until we lost our starting quarterback and star guard (Joe Berger). 50,123 watched the game, an NCAA Division II record at the time, and the Alumni Association threw the biggest tent party I've ever seen. What a day!

Finally, on September 30, 2010, Grand Valley State came to Houghton. They were perennial national champions and were ranked number one in the country that day. We were clinging to a slim lead when Grand Valley made a end-of-game charge with numerous long passes. It was so nerve-wracking that I couldn't sit anymore, choosing to pace back and forth with several other fans.

When Tech recovered a fumble near the Grand Valley endzone, they could have run it in for a touchdown. Instead, they took a knee and ended the game with class and sportsmanship.

It was a great reflection on Coach Tom Kearly, his staff and players, and all those Huskies who have battled on the gridiron all these years.

Dennis '92 '09

The Colorologist

On the sidelines at Saturday's football game, he was soaking in the sights and sounds.

"Fifteen percent in spots," he said.

Does that seem early?

"It does, but then, it's been a dry summer and early fall."

Are we going to be past peak for Homecoming (October 13)?

"I won't go that far, yet, and there are many great reasons to come home: football, hockey, broomball, cardboard boat races, parade."


At Tech

Tech Leads International Study of Impacts of Biofuel Production

student helpers
Is it possible to develop and produce biofuels in a sustainable way, without harming people or the environment? What policies need to be put in place to help that happen? Nearly three dozen researchers from four countries—including 15 from Michigan Tech—will spend the next 5 years and $4.81 million of new National Science Foundation (NSF) funding trying to answer those questions. More

Parade of Nations Returns on September 22

Hundreds of international university students, faculty members and community residents from more than 60 countries call Houghton and Hancock home. They enrich this small, remote community out of all proportion to their numbers. So each year, Michigan Technological University, Finlandia University and local businesses join hands to celebrate this multicultural spirit at the Parade of Nations. More

Alumni Around the World

West Michigan Gathering

David Cox '76, Clifford McMan '50, Kevin Grzelak '89

Captain Ken Glupker '73 cooking the walleye.

On August 30, over seventy alumni and friends from the West Michigan Alumni Chapter attended a fish fry at Schmohz Brewery, courtesy of Captain Ken Glupker '73. Raffle tickets to support the local
scholarship were sold for a day of fishing with Captain Ken, owner of Jireh Charters, on the Au Gress River.

Upcoming: Homecoming and Make a Difference Day

Homecoming 2012

There are many unique traditions at Michigan Tech and Homecoming is one of the best! Scheduled for October 12-13, some of the festivities you don't want to miss are the cardboard boat races, the VIP football tailgate, the hockey suite and of course the Alumni-Student Broomball Tournament! To learn more and to register, visit the HuskyLink Homecoming site.

Make a Difference Day

October 27th is Make a Difference Day- a national day to give back to your community. Use the link below to submit a project in your city and we'll take care of spreading the word to local alumni and friends!

What will you be doing to make a difference?

Alumni Poll!


Orientation Poll Results

"Other" tops our Favorite Part of Orientation poll results.

Other: 43.24 percent
Banana Split: 18.92 percent
Entertainment: 17.57 percent
Help with move-in (a fairly new event): 8.11 percent
Involvement sessions: 5.41 percent
Academic department sessions: 4.05 percent
University Expo: 1.35 percent
Reading as Inquiry (also new): 1.35 percent

Some of Your "Others": My Dad finally becoming excited I was going to College: Tech Staff WOWed Him. Campus-wide capture the flag. Being an OTL and meeting all the other awesome OTLs! Barbecue in front of Sherman Gym. The library. Was there orientation in 1977? What's orientation...drove up, unpacked, went to class. O-week parties. The energy! Pajama parade, tomato fight. Free beer. Getting to know the campus and area. I skipped it all. I think we only had a campus tour in 1972. I don't remember ANY of the above! Meeting people in my hall that I'm still friends with 15 years later.

Fill in the Blanks

Northern football


A snow bowl versus Northern in the 1980s, we believe.

Any memories of this one or other snow bowls (or Northern games)?

Email me.


2006 vs. Northern

Chemistry lab

A chilly game vs. Northern in 2006.

Were you there? It is clickable.

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Tech Sports

Tech Rolls Past Tiffin 51-15 in Opener

Seven different Michigan Tech players scored touchdowns to help the homestanding Huskies earn a 51-15 victory over Tiffin in their season opener today at Sherman Field. Tech jumped out to a 24-0 lead in the first 18 minutes of the game and never looked back. More

Soccer Defeats NMU at Home

Michigan Tech scored twice in the second half to post a 2-0 win over Northern Michigan in a non-conference match Monday (Sept. 10). The win was the first over NMU in program history. “It feels great to beat NMU,” said head coach Michelle Jacob. “Our girls came out and did a great job. Northern is a good team, and we rose to the challenge.” More

Sports Roundup

What’s Happening This Week

Monday, September 10, 2012
Women’s Tennis hosts Malone, 10 a.m.
Women’s Soccer hosts Northern Michigan, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8:00 a.m. on WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM

Friday, September 14, 2012
Women’s Soccer at Lake Erie, 12 p.m.
Women’s Tennis at Ohio Dominican, 3 p.m.
Volleyball at Lake Superior State, 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 15, 2012
Women’s Tennis at Ashland, 10 a.m.
Football at Walsh, 12 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Volleyball at Saginaw Valley State, 12 p.m.

Sunday, September 16, 2012
Women’s Tennis at Tiffin, 10 a.m.
Women’s Soccer at Notre Dame, 12 p.m.

All times Eastern.

Last Week’s Results

Football (1-0, 1-0 GLIAC)
9/8 — at Michigan Tech 51, Tiffin 15

Women’s Soccer (1-2-0, 0-0-0 GLIAC)
9/7 — at UW-Green Bay 4, Michigan Tech 2

Volleyball (3-5, 0-0 GLIAC)
9/7 — Augustana 3, Michigan Tech 1 (at Spearfish, S.D.)
9/7 — Colorado Christian 3, Michigan Tech 0 (at Spearfish, S.D.)
9/8 — Michigan Tech 3, Briarcliff 2 (at Spearfish, S.D.)
9/8 — at Black Hills State 3, Michigan Tech 1

Women’s Tennis (5-0, 0-0 GLIAC)
9/8 — at Michigan Tech 9, Lake Erie 0
9/9 — at Michigan Tech 7, Walsh 2

Cross Country
9/8 — Michigan Tech men 2nd of 15 teams; women 9th of 19 teams at Midwest Collegiate Opener (Kenosha, Wis.)

Other News of the Week

Michigan Tech men crossed the line in fifth, sixth and seventh to help the team place second of 15 teams at the Midwest Collegiate Meet hosted by UW-Parkside last Saturday (Sept. 8). The meet field included a pair of Div. I opponents in UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay. The host UW-Parkside won the meet.

After going 3-0 in its opening weekend, the Michigan Tech women’s tennis team has added a pair of conference wins to its record for a 5-0 start. The Huskies’ top two singles players, Natalia Lebedeva and Kwang Suthijindawong, are both 5-0 on the young season as well. The Huskies have defeated Lake Erie and Walsh so far during a three-match homestand this weekend with a meeting vs. Malone scheduled for Monday (Sept. 10) at 10 a.m.

Recent Results | Complete Schedule

Around the Keweenaw

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From the Email Bag

Frosh Week

Dennis .
Watched it [the parade] many times as local maki kid from '55 on. Was Frosh self in fall 67 and we didn't have beanies, pajama parade etc. might not have been first class "without" but we're one of the first few to "escape".

John W Wehmanen
Houghton HS 67


I entered Michigan Tech as a freshman in fall of 1960, and frosh week was in full operation. I know we were supposed to wear our beanies for the first full week, have cigarettes ready for seniors if they wanted one, and then light them, pay homage to the special MTU rock out by the road, and a number of other things. My roommate attempted to escape notice as a freshman by rubbing shoe polish over the strap of his bookbag (remember those?) so it would look old. I'm quite sure frosh week was still going when I was a senior in the spring of 1964.

Ted Reuschel, class of 1964


Not sure when frosh week ended but 1957 frosh week helped bring it to a conclusion. i don't think it made it into the 60's. regarding the picture and beanies i would guess it was prior to 1957 as the picture shows a single color beanie with a white ball(pom-pon?) on top. the beanies we had in '57 were quite stylish being multicolored. they were a black base with a yellow top part and a black ball and the initials MT on the front. wish i still had mine.
Kent Werger
class of '61


Hi Dennis,
I'm wondering if that is a picture from the pajama parade. If that's the case, then the last one would be 1957.
Gail Richter '61


Pajama Parade:
The last one was in 1957 - early October, I believe. Crossing da' old bridge, the freshmen "rioted." The redoubtable Pasty, stalwart of da' Houghton Police Department, was prominently involved. Front page news in da' Gazette.

Van Pelt then deep-sixed this venerable Michigan Tech tradition. Gone forever! ... So much for good ol' Tech tradition.

Da' faithful curmudgeon,
Frank Shoffner


I remember being coerced into buying a beanie when I arrived at MCMT on the Copper Country Limited (that was a train!) from Chicago in 1952. I had never seen Houghton and wondered, "Where in the world am I?" Today, I am somewhat amazed at all the "stuff" that new students bring to campus. I see the same phenomenon here at Montana State University. In 1952, all I had to lug up to the second floor of DHH was a Samsonite suitcase and one metal mailing box that was intended for sending laundry back and forth from home. Nothing to distract us from studying, and maybe not enough warm clothes for winter, but I survived. Sorry I missed the Reunion again. Maybe next year.

Jim Bailey, '56, Forestry.


Hi, I thought my cap with the MT was for Michigan Tech until an upperclass person told me it stood for empty. I was one of the 85 women at Tech in 1958.

Lois Bergmann Michelin

Huskies are Mudders

Hi Dennis!
I just wanted to send you a link to a photo and quick story about 4 recent alumni and 2 currently enrolled Huskies that participated in the Tough Mudder challenge this past weekend in Cascade, Wisconsin. I thought it might be a cool story for the newsletter! The people in the photo are Scott Thompson (expected '13), Josh Macgregor ('10), Dan Madrid ('10), Jake Radtke (expected '14), Marc Starnes ('10), and Kaylee Walsh ('12).

Facebook page.

The cool thing about this event is that alumni came from Detroit, Grand Rapids and Houghton, MI, Peoria, IL, and Duluth, MN.

Keep up the good work! I love reading the newsletter.

Forever a husky!
-Dan Madrid ('10)

Dan: Great story and photo and it's a very worthy cause!

What Engineers Do

Janie Hillegonds, wife of Jeff Hillegonds '91, has launched a website called What Do Engineers Do. It can be found at

1964 Michigan College of Science and Technology Ring

1964 ring

I finished reading over the alumni letter and saw the attached add for Tech class rings. When I started my senior year in 1964 Tech was undergoing a change to university status and our class rings bore the title, Michigan College of Science and Technology. When it received university status the name became the present MTU (MUT was scrubbed because of the mascot). We were offered new rings, but I kept mine as it was from a college that existed only a very short time. Tech trivia.

Here's a photo of the ring (Still in its original box). I can't recall if there really ever was a Michigan College of Science and Technology, or if it was just a proposal.

Steve Pribish
Class of 1964 (MCS&T)

Steve: This name was initially approved by the Michigan House in December 1963. A student poll was taken, and although MCST was judged better than MCMT, it was hard to pronounce. The name was changed again later that month in the Michigan Senate (after MUT was rejected) at the request of Tech President J. Robert Van Pelt.

Am I an Alum?

I, Larry A. Day, attended Tech from 1964 through 1969. Had to leave to work and support my wife and 2 children. Have been paying dues pretty much since then. So am I really an Alumni? What class am I listed in? By the way in 1989 after 3 years of night school I did get a B.S. Mechanical Engineering from the Wisconsin system., almost 20 years to the date after I left.

Larry Day

Larry, we certainly do consider you a part of the Michigan Tech community and have your preferred class year as 1969 in our database.

As an "alumni non-degree" you have access to our HuskyLink online community, our private Linkedin group and all other benefits and services offered by our Alumni Association. Details can be found here:

Brenda Rudiger, Director of Alumni Relations

Local Ice Rinks, including Dee/Amphidrome, Tech's First Home

This is an amazing website. This lady put a lot of work into it and several others about Copper Country history...

Frank Shoffner '62

Bed, Bath, Beyond, and Tech


I must say I was pretty excited to find this Tervis tumbler drinking glass at the Bed Bath & Beyond in Rochester Hills, MI. Even more excited when my wife indulged me by buying it!

Thanks for the continued great work on the alumni newsletter.

Go youse Huskies!

Steve Wesoloski

Staffer Wins Detroit News Photo Contest

Presenting the 4 grand prize winners and 51 finalists for this year's contest. First prize:

"It was a windy summer evening, which normally means Lake Superior is rolling, " says Pam Hannon of Houghton, Mich. "I love Lake Superior; it's gorgeous but can be fairly dangerous as well. I tried the Night Shoot option on my Canon Rebel and it worked great."

The Michigan Tech Rock?

Hi Dennis,
It was a very large stone, maybe 6 feet by 4 feet by 2 feet. Unfortunately I am not recalling the details, but it may well have been that large mass of copper, that was since moved elsewhere. Or it was something with wording pertaining to Tech (then MCM&T). It stood just off the north side of the main sidewalk along old US 41, and I believe closer to DHH then the town side of the campus. Maybe I have some more details tucked away in my Tech "archives."

Ted Reuschel

Ted: This is news to me. I wonder if other alums recall the rock or copper boulder? And as a frosh you had to "pay homage?"

Lofty Expectations

I’ll never forget the night after I jumped into my ’70 Torino in the fall of ‘71 and made the 550 mile trek to DHH at Tech from Farmington Hills, MI. Late at night, a few buddies and I wandered up to the construction site for the new Student Ice Arena thinking that there may be some discarded building materials that might serve to hold our ceiling-high beds and shelving. Sure enough, we scrounged up some rough sawn 4 X 4’s that would do the trick for 2 years of dorm life. It was an interesting walk back down the hill, I assure you as they were heavy timbers.

I didn’t realize that they were rough oak timbers that you couldn’t even drive a nail into! After drilling and pushing we now had added 80% more usable space to our second floor DHH abode. Our room became a showpiece of Squid House. I fondly remember the people I met in DHH that year like it was yesterday and appreciate the friendships that were established!

I built a couple more lofts for my kids this past decade as I helped them move on to the collegiate part of their lives. As I bolted the standard 2 X 6’s together I knew what life changing experiences they would encounter and felt the Lofty Expectations that I had for them.

Mike Paulson, Bio Sci, 1975

Doc Berry

Hey Dennis!
Love the newsletter.
Could you send me any articles that appeared in the newsletter after his death. Somehow I missed the articles which appeared in the newsletter at the time of his death. He was solely responsible for keeping me at Tech a couple times when I got low. I was in communication with him regularly up until his death. I talk to his son John on occasion.
I am actually in New Hampshire at Tilton School ,which as you know, Doc Berry and his family were involved with for many years.

Mark Arnold '68 BSBA

Mark: I've made a PDF of the Tech Today story that ran in 2006.

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